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Guest Blog from the Pastor's Wife - Unforced Rhythms of Grace

by Terrie Brown

There's a verse in The Message Bible that I just love: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30, MSG)

We all talk about getting away from the drama and stress of life, taking a vacation, going on a cruise, or even just taking a nap. I have four wonderful children (who really aren't children anymore), but three of the four are on the autism spectrum, and the fourth one deals with anxiety. I watch them try so hard just to get through the day and do what they need to do. I see how hard they work to manage their anxiety and stress in order to be successful in their school, work, and social circles.

I'm an introvert...well, no one believes me when I say that, so I guess I am what they call an omnivert or social introvert these days, but even though I love being around people, speaking in public, teaching, and all that, it exhausts me! I have to get away.

I say all this to point out that our quiet time with God should not be just a habit. It should not be a chore. It should not be a source of a perfectionistic guilt trip when we miss a day. It should be a time of getting away with our First Love, spending time with Him, talking with Him, and resting in His presence.

Only then can we learn His ways, and He can fill us with His peace and renew our joy as we commune with Him. We should look at our quiet time in God's Word and prayer as a daily mini vacation. It is our breath of not just fresh air and ocean is our breath of life and renewal and living water washing over our tired and thirsty souls.

Our hearts long to be with our Father. We need to hear from God. We need to get His perspective on our drama. And we need His strength day after day.

So many scriptures say that He is our refuge, our strong tower, our shelter. That's what we experience when we get away with our Lord and Savior.

So, get away today with your Lord. Take the most important daily vacation you can and experience the unforced rhythms of grace.

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